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Hotel Tides in Asbury Park, NJ

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Rating: 4.25

Address: 408 7th Ave, Asbury Park, NJ, 07712

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    Comments (16):

    1. grace d.
    My sister and I were on a mission in Asbury this past Saturday night.  We were looking for a location for her birthday party and wanted to find something special.  I had recently read a bit about the Hotel Tides on-line and was really curious about it.  It is located in a very residential area of Asbury - there are only houses on this beautiful tree-lined street and the Hotel Tides.  The neon lights shone like a beacon as we approached the Hotel (very tasteful neon!) and easily found a parking space directly across the street.  We were instantly intrigued because the Hotel was really cool and so beautiful it beckoned us to come in.  We decided to have a drink and check out the menu.  We walked into this gorgeous lobby - very modern and tasteful with the bones of its original architecture intact. We got a drink at the bar (great lemondrops!) and went out to sit on the very wide front porch. There was great live music - a Jazz duo playing in the lobby.   We started talking to the hotel's manager, Ryan, letting him know we were planning a small party.  He was helpful, engaging and so nice we decided to have the party there (if we liked the food).  We went into the dining room (the Hotel purposely has not given the restaurant a name - it's just the restaurant at the Hotel Tides) for dinner.  The space is really special and dramatic with its original tin ceiling and walls.  Beautifully upholstered and comfortable banquettes line the perimeter and lighting from behind the banquettes uplights the walls.  The lighting in this room is perfect.  We were a seated at a two-top but it was much larger than usual so it was really comfortable.  A very diverse crowd was dining there - it had a very inclusive feel - I love that. I commented to my sister - where am I? - I felt like I had been transported - this was just such a nice place and so well done.  Everything that followed was great.  I had the crabcake appetizer (Maryland style - I do prefer a more modern approach to this dish but it was still very good) and the butter-poached lobster which was removed from the shell and served over a maple and pancetta risotto with smoked spinach.  This entree was one of the most delicious things I have ever eaten in a restaurant - it was just so tasty and the portion size was perfect.  My sister had a great Caesar salad and the Cod with artichoke hearts, caper berries, white beans and sage brown butter.  She loved it - I wanted to try the calamari but they were already sold out - it was after all already 9:30 on a Saturday night.  Creme Brulle was my choice for dessert and my sister had to explain Affogato to the server - espresso poured over vanilla gelato - and although she hadn't heard of this dish she was very positive that she could provide that - not a problem.  The menu is not large, which is a good thing especially when a restaurant is first starting out.  The menu is fairly well balanced with meat, poultry and fish dishes, although the appetizers are mostly shellfish.  Regardless, anyone will have a hard time making a decision for their dinner choices because everything sounds so appealing and appetizing.  You'll just have to come back and keep trying the rest of the menu as another reviewer had already commented. We are all very lucky (us who need to eat food in restaurants and search for more unique dishes or at least better preparations of the dishes we all know so well) because we live in Monmouth County (or can perhaps visit regularly) and we can dine in the variety of restaurants this County has to offer.  Asbury Park is our little gem not only for the mainstream places on the Boardwalk and Cookman but also for the little luncheonette variety type places on Main St.  We all need to get adventuresome and start patronizing these little storefront restaurants because these places have people who put there hearts and souls into their food.  And it wouldn't hurt us to learn a few words in Spanish before we go to these establishments. You'll feel more comfortable and you would have benefited from learning something new.  But I digress.The Hotel Tides and its restaurant are the best of what the new Asbury "mainstream" establishments are all about, yet it IS OFF THE BEATEN TRACK so to speak and I think many people won't venture too far from Cookman or the Boardwalk and what a mistake that would be.  This place is too good for foodie types not to be flocking to here.,  It has it all going on.  And, their menu is priced well because from the start the management wants to rely on building a base of loyal customers who return on a regular basis. You cannot achieve that loyalty by not providing good value to these guests.  So, those of you who might be concerned about price, don't be. The AVERAGE prices are as follows:  appetizers  $10, salads $9 and entrees $25.These prices are very fair considering the quality you receive at all levels.
    My sister's party is this Sunday, poolside.  I'll keep you all posted on the outcome.

    31/08/10 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    2. nicole s.
    I am a huge fan of everything about this place. It is swank yet cozy, has a great crowd with friendly staff, delicious drinks and AMAZING FOOD. It really does not get any better as far as I am concerned.
    Although everything looks good I would highly recommend the calamari and the filet mignon. My mouth is watering just thinking about it.
    If nothing else I recommend you stop in for a drink and feel the place out...just a warning--you'll be back!
    Side note: This is a PERFECT place for a date!

    01/02/10 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    3. J G.
    Review for restaurant only:  We split the calamari appetizer which was perfect!  For entrees we tried both the brown butter cod and the roast pork loin.  Both were flavorful. Loin was large but not done enough but the potato side was extremely flavorful. The cod could have been seasoned a little moew.  Service was attentive just like the attention to detail of the hotel.  However for the price, we expected a bit more.

    28/11/10 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    4. Brian M.
    I try and get to as many places in Asbury Park to eat as I can and with the recommendation of a friend I found myself a the Tides with a buddy last night.

    Can't say much for the hotel and the bar seemed very nice and quiet with some good selections, but the restaurant was what we were focused on.

    My buddy and I decided we could easily order anything off the menu, but decided to go the shared app route and ordered 4 or 5 appetizers. The pan seared tuna was unbelievable and the crab cake and clams were perfect, but the braised short rib was by far the best I think I have ever had.

    Highly suggest giving this little place a try if you live in the area and I will definitely be going back to try more of the menu!

    05/08/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    5. Sarah E.
    LOVE LOVE LOVE this place! The rooms are very modern and well kept. The entire staff is very friendly and welcoming. Will definitely be returning in the future! Kudos to the owner!

    03/09/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    6. Erik T.
    Very nicely decorated place! The bartender was great! Crowd was friendly, and they had a fairly good selection of wine for such a small bar, and they have a stocked liquor bar as well. It's a nice little place to go to get away from the summer crowds. THE BEST PART about this place is that they are open till 2 am EVERY SINGLE DAY REGARDLESS. Most places will close down early on the weekdays, but they can stay open late due to the fact that it's a hotel.

    The hotel it's self seemed beautiful. Almost bed and breakfast style although i did not see the rooms, they were just described. There's nice heated lighted pool in the back, with a bar during the day, and a spa on the weekend. The pool is also clothing optional if you dare to care. ha ha.
    No real dress code inside, although everyone was dressed fairly nice, i went in a t-shirt and nice jeans, and no one even looked twice. Very friendly place!

    You won't be seeing me in any loin cloth, but you will see me going back to this place again! Wine was a little up there for a glass, but nothing outrageous. Don't let the clothing optional pool turn you off.. this place is classy, catering, calming, and warm. There is a french restaurant in the hotel as well as displayed art everywhere, it's almost like drinking in an art gallery haha. Plus free honey wheat pretzels at the bar to snack on! haha.

    30/06/09 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    7. Erick B.
    I had a similar experience to one of the previous posters.  I had a party of about eight and we arrived around 7:30.  

    The staff was very kind and accommodating when we first arrived, but after the appetizers were served, their attentiveness would've gone out the window if there were any windows in the dining area.  The waitress walked by a few times without checking to see if we were okay with drinks, etc.  The food took about forty minutes to finally be served.  We opted to skip dessert due to time... so they missed out on the additional revenue of drinks and desserts.  

    I must say that the food was very good, but the prices were a little high for what was served.

    Although it's not a huge factor in my enjoyment of a dining experience, the decor in the dining area was a little gaudy.  In contrast, the rest of the hotel lounge area is beautiful--nice open and inviting.  There is also a pool outside that is open during the summer with its own little bar.

    One other note that left a bad taste in my mouth was that the server made a snide remark about one table using a coupon in front of our table and another table, which I found to be inappropriate.  If you are going to charge that much for food, you should expect people to be using coupons when they are available.

    I may go back to give them another chance, but I'm not in a huge rush.

    17/03/11 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    8. Tim G.
    Asbury Park. It conjures all things good about New Jersey; Springsteen, The Stone Pony, great rock n'roll and yet to say that it has seen better days is trite. The hackneyed notion that Asbury Park is more a relic of a time long gone by belies the truth that Asbury Park is indeed in the midst of a renaissance. Believe it for it is true.

    The Hotel Tides is just a great place to be. Wonderful, clean, simple accommodations complimented by a tremendous staff that caters to your needs. The food was magnificent. Unpretentious in its design but exceptional in taste. This food is prepared by someone who gives a damn. I had the lamb which was prepared very basically, but yet exploded with freshness, and flavor. My wife ordered the scallops and it came to the table served without the ordinary and otherwise useless overly done garnishment. The taste was exquisite. The wine, the desserts and the service are all top notch.

    This is a great place to go and meet wonderful and interesting people or to get away and be reclusive,  Don't shy away from Asbury Park and when you do come to Asbury Park....stay at the tides...you'll be glad you did.

    07/07/10 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    9. Teresa H.
    This hotel seems confused. The decor and style are trying very hard but do not fit the style and era of the building. There was an odd mix of expensive fixtures but  lack of upkeep and no decor on walls. Doors were cracked, paint chipped, no hand towels, freezing room that we could not adjust the temperature on. Horrible loud clanking noise when others used the water on our floor. The staff only seemed mildly interested when we told them about the freezing temp and noise.

    19/01/14 | Link | Rating: 2.0
    10. Mickey C.
    Carol and I went to the Hotel Tides Restaurant & Spa for dinner last night.  OMG, their winter menu is awesome.  We had both the Crab Dip and the Flapjack (cherry-wood smoked bacon, maple habanero glaze, savory flapjack with quail egg) appetizers.  Then I had the Shrimp & Lobster pot pie and Carol had the Porterhouse Pork Chop.  Everything was excellent.  We will be going again soon and I will be trying the Bacon-wrapped bison meatloaf.  Chris was our server.  He is so kind, knowledgeable and attentive.  And of course Lisa was on the bar and Ryan was attending to our every need.  If you haven't been, you don't know what you are missing.

    16/12/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    11. Kelly K.
    Hotel-first of all the location is not the best neighborhood but do not let that discourage you from staying here.  It is in walking distance to the beach and the area is on a slow rebound.  The hotel is a remodeled hotel located in what appears to be an old house.  It has a nice wide porch.  Inside the place has been transformed into a modern setting and has a nice waterfall wall with seating.  Staff are very friendly and there is small bar and their restaurant.  Upstairs are small but modernly decorated rooms that are light and airy.  Comfortable beds.  The room I stayed in had windows in the bedroom and bathroom.  The tv was small and mounted high up because of space.  Too high for comfortable viewing.  Cable television with access to a lot of channels.  Wasn't too thrilled that the toiletries were all made in China.  Glad I brought my own.   The room was very clean and had no discernible smell which was great.  Had a quiet night on a weekday.

    Bar-not much included in the free continental breakfast.  Coffee was good.  There was Stoneyfield yogurt, granola, tangerines, and some cinnamon pastry.  I ended up having breakfast up the street at Frank's Diner.  

    Restaurant-Service was excellent.  Food was delicious and some of the best I have eaten at the Jersey Shore.  The cesar salad was perfectly flavored.  The mahi mahi was delicious served on a bed of tasty parsnip puree.  My favorite was the chicken with wild mushrooms  and mashed potatoes...only complaint was the sautéed spinach served was over salted.  The wild berry creme brulee was yummy.  I highly recommend the restaurant even if you are not staying here. Atmosphere was nice with good music...wish the kitchen radio wasn't on so loud as I could here that and the dining room music.  Recommend they lower the volume of the kitchen radio.

    30/04/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    12. Patricia s.
    A hidden Gem! Comfortable accommodations. Newly renovated,  Very clean,. Lovely, friendly, helpful staff. Highly recommend.

    18/07/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    13. Missy M.
    This is a simple, clean B&B. It's nice that they don't require a 2 night stay over the weekends and it's reasonably priced. The breakfast wasn't anything to write home about....just continental options.

    My husband and I love Asbury Park. It's got such a great, funky vibe and there's always heaps going on. It's a great escape from NYC.

    04/09/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    14. Jim H.
    This is our local go to.  The staff (Ryan, Lisa, George and the dining room staff) are incredibly friendly and efficient The place has style and their is always an extremely friendly vibe here.  Have a drink on the porch, a bite to eat at the bar or indulge in the dining room, it is just great.  The chef is very creative and the food is always outstanding and I am a foodie!  Crabcakes, hangar steak, arugula, fig and goat cheese salad.  Yum.

    You can't go wrong with the style, bar, food and warm welcome you get at this place!  Love it!

    25/09/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    15. Liz D.
    Hotel was nice, but not what I would expect for over $250/night. Though the bathroom and sheets were nice,  I found the room small and was annoyed that I couldn't control the temperature, which was too cold the whole time. The shower ran hot and cold and there was a lot of leftover hair in the room from previous guests. Pool was fine, but again not quite what I'd expect for the price. Bed and pillows were worn and lumpy. Breakfast was meh...I went out after trying it once.  Felt like staying in someone's very nice guest bedroom.

    Most annoying was that they would not let me check out late unless I paid for another half day, even though they said there was nobody new checking in.

    Didn't try the restaurant, but I tried to hang out in the bar a few nights, and felt like the locals were not super welcoming, so gave up and went to bed. Location was also just OK. I found myself walking to the other end of the boardwalk several times a day.

    Anyway, I guess it's probably great compared to what else is out there, but since I have no basis for comparison, I'm likely to try someplace else before I'd decide whether to come back to the tides. On the upside, I loved Asbury park and will definitely return to the area.

    10/08/14 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    16. Courtney O.
    Asbury Park, much to my surprise last summer (2010), has completely turned around and is now a much safer area to travel too with new businesses lining the boardwalk. A large gay population has taken over this oceanside city and revitalized it.

    I found this b&b/hotel (it's somewhat of a mix) through Groupon. I booked a deal for $100 for a one night stay and a three course prix fixe meal for two. I called to book for my birthday, which happened to fall on a Saturday. Even though this voucher was valid on weekends I was expecting it would be all booked up on the weekend as it often is. Much to my surprise, there was a room available.

    The food was good (they even had a vegetarian option for me), wait service was attentive and quick, and they had a decent wine list. After 8 pm the restaurant and bar area started filling quickly up with a diverse mix of diners. The hotel room is clean and beautifully decorated. The hotel is located within walking distance from the boardwalk and several other bars/restaurants as well as a convenience store.

    The only complaint I had was the parking. It is street parking and when I arrived there was nothing nearby the hotel and we had to park on a nearby street.

    I would definitely return during the summer to try out the pool and be able to go to the beach.

    13/05/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0